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Motorcycle Accidents

Charleston, IL Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Millions Recovered for the Injured in Coles County

Motorcycles have been popular since they were first developed in the 1860s when a motor was attached to a bicycle. Riders enjoy the feeling of freedom and being able to explore the open road without any constraints. Unfortunately, with this freedom comes a higher risk of injury, even when a rider is wearing a helmet and other protective gear.

At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our Charleston motorcycle accident attorneys believe that if you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle crash which was caused by a negligent driver, you should receive compensation for all losses and damages including medical expenses, litigation expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and property damage. We fight for fair compensation to help our clients rebuild and move on with their lives.

To learn more, call (217) 394-5885. Your consultation is free and completely confidential, and we handle motorcycle accident cases on contingency, meaning you pay nothing unless we win.

Illinois Motorcycle Laws

Throughout the state of Illinois, there are many motorcycle laws that must be followed. These laws are intended to keep motorcyclists safe by reducing the risk of collisions resulting in injuries or deaths.

The following are examples of Illinois motorcycle laws:

  • A muffler is required and cannot be modified to increase the level of noise
  • Helmet speakers can be used for communication purposes only
  • The motorcycle must have at least one rearview mirror
  • The motorcycle must have minimum liability insurance
  • The motorcycle must pass appropriate exams based on its classification
  • Motorcycles must use daytime headlights
  • Motorcyclists must abide by all street signs, signals, and traffic laws
  • Motorcyclists must have appropriate license plates issued
  • Passenger seats and footrests are required for motorcycle passengers
  • Riders must wear eye protection unless a windscreen is present
  • The handlebars must be below the shoulders while seated

If these laws are not followed, motorcyclists risk getting a ticket and losing their motorcycle license. Of course, all riders must be aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents and the possible results of these accidents.

Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Depending on the situation, a motorcycle crash could be the fault of the rider or another motorist. As motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on our roadways, they are much harder to see and have different maneuvering capabilities than many motorists are used to, increasing the likelihood of a collision if a motorist is not exercising reasonable caution.

Potential causes of motorcycle collisions include:

  • Bad roads
  • Bad weather
  • Blind spots
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Failing to stop at intersections
  • Failing to yield
  • Mechanical failure
  • Careless driving
  • Skidding or losing control
  • Speeding
  • Stopped traffic
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Unsafe or poorly maintained roads

Abiding by traffic laws and practicing defensive driving can reduce one’s risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists are at a high risk of injury if involved in a traffic collision. This risk increases if they choose to ride without a helmet, but even a DOT-approved helmet and full protective gear cannot prevent all catastrophic injuries.

The following are examples of motorcyclist injuries:

  • Biker’s arm
  • Brain damage
  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Dislocated joints
  • Eye injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Foot injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Psychological injuries
  • Road rash
  • Skull fracture
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Wrist injuries

The extent of injury is typically related to the speed of travel and the force of impact. In any case, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention, as it could save your life. In addition, the medical documents can be used by our Charleston, IL attorneys to develop a strong case for you against the negligent party in court.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

As with any traffic accident, there are several factors that may contribute to the type and amount of compensation to which a motorcycle accident victim is entitled. These factors will typically depend on liability, the severity of injuries sustained, occupation, marital status, and more.

Compensation may be pursued for:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Litigation expenses
  • Loss of past and future wages
  • Loss of marital privileges
  • Medical expenses
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

Of course, there may be other compensation available, depending on your specific situation and who was involved in the accident.

Serving Injured Riders from Offices in Charleston, IL & St. Louis, MO

At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our Charleston, IL motorcycle accident attorneys are proud to protect riders who have been injured by the negligent actions of another person or company. We believe these negligent parties must claim responsibility for their actions and be held accountable for the injuries they have caused.

Our firm serves all of Coles County and has a history of fighting for the injured that extends back more than 25 years. With millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, we have a proven track record in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases.

To find out how we can help you, call (217) 394-5885 or contact us online.

A History of success

millions recovered for our clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of
    four involved in a single car wreck
    in a highway construction

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

The Right Attorney can Make a difference

  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf,
    & won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Client testimonials

  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When everything was done, Billie took me aside and comforted me. This was not an easy case emotionally but she made sure we were ok. I loved Billie and would use her again. Hopefully, we never have to ...”

    - Shelli W.
  • “I could not have asked for a better experience. I was very hesitant to pursue this, but Billie made it all okay. Thank you!”

    - Shelly
  • “Overall my experience was quite positive. My attorney assured me that my experience and injuries deserved compensation. Most importantly I no longer had to speak with insurance companies. I would reco ...”

    - Jennifer B.
  • “I appreciated the hard work and dedication to my case. Dawn was great! I really appreciated her and all her hard work.”

    - Levi R.